Encompass All:TrailO Orienteering for people of all abilities

Trail Orienteering [‘TrailO’], is a form of inclusive orienteering that has been developed to offer disabled people or those with reduced mobility, a chance to participate equally with others.

TrailO involves navigation skills and correctly identifying marked points on a special orienteering map. The event is not timed and you will stay on predetermined accessible paths or trails throughout, which makes it ideal for wheelchairs users and those using walking aids. You may even visit parts of the Forest you have never visited before!!

TrailO event is designed to Get Places Moving, by creating a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment where people can Get Moving and Stay Moving.

Who is the next TrailO taking place?

The next date will be updated here and widely be advertised.

All events must be booked in advance, and all attendees must be registered. Each event will be split into 15 minute start windows beginning at 2pm and lasting until 4.30pm. Each start window will be limited to a maximum of fifteen people, including parents/caregivers. Club orienteers will give you an introduction to the sport before setting you off on the course.

Who is TrailO for?

Trail Orienteering is for people of all abilities and mobility’s, whatever your age, and it’s something you can enjoy with family and friends. Who is more observant; the kids, parents, or grandparents? Or perhaps you just want to try something new with your friends. As long as you can make a mark on a card and read a map, there’s nothing to stop you giving it a go.

Please note under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Will the TrailO course be wheelchair / buggy friendly?

Yes! The entire course will be on accessible paths.

When and where are the TrailO Events?

The TrailO series runs on Sunday afternoons in July and August.

The first two TrailO Events are:

Sunday 18th July TrailO 1 Gosford Forest Park
Sunday 22nd August TrailO 2 Gosford Forest Park

More dates to follow later in the year

All events must be booked in advance, and all attendees must be registered. Each event will be split into 15 minute start windows beginning at 2pm and lasting until 4.30pm. Each start window will be limited to a maximum of fifteen people, including parents/caregivers. Club orienteers will give you an introduction to the sport before setting you off on the course. Please note, there will be no assistance on the course, and you will be required to make your way around as a group/individual.

How long will it take?

It’s best to allow yourself 1- 1½ hours to dander round.

Do I have to attend every event?

No, you can sign up to as many as you like. The first session is specifically designed to introduce you to the sport, and there will be more club coaches on hand to help get you started, so if you can make that one, please do.

What do I need to bring with me?

Everything you would usually bring on a day out for an adventure – all-weather comfortable clothing, waterproofs, water, and snacks. We will provide everything needed for the TrailO.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, you can bring your dog but it must be under control at all times. Please tidy up after your dog.

What facilities are available?

Parking is available onsite; however, some sites are currently experiencing high footfall levels, so please allow additional time for parking. Where applicable all Park entrance fees have been waived for TrailO participants.

Toilet facilities are available at all sites.

Food & drink: Some of the sites have food or coffee trucks, but we would advise you to come as prepared as possible as we cannot guarantee these.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! It’s absolutely free! This programme is part-funded by Sport NI with the support of Armagh City,  Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and organised by volunteers of Orchard County Orienteers and Lagan Valley Orienteers at no cost to the participants.

Who do I contact for further information

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact NI Orienteering, Sporting Clubs Coordinator, Juls Hanvey, on .  You can keep up to date on the series by following us on Facebook at Orchard County Orienteers.

Health & Safety consideration while attending a TrailO session

These sessions are completed at your own risk. If you have any health concerns about participating, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.

Covid-19 Activity Guidance Notes 

  • Please ensure you are following all the latest guidance on Covid-19.
  • Our parks and forests are currently experiencing high levels of footfall. If crowds make social distancing difficult, please take your time around the course.
  • Wash/sanitise your hands before and after using or touching any items or equipment

How to book

Please use the link below to book your slot. Please note this event is inclusive and we encourage people with a disability to join in.
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